Washington Prime Group (NYSE: WPG) and AmREIT (NYSE:AMRE) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
89.8% of Washington Prime Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Washington Prime Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Washington Prime Group and AmREIT, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Washington Prime Group||1||0||0||0||1.00|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Washington Prime Group and AmREIT’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Washington Prime Group||$843.47 million||1.52||$67.13 million||$0.72||9.58|
Washington Prime Group has higher revenue and earnings than AmREIT. Washington Prime Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than AmREIT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Washington Prime Group pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.5%. AmREIT does not pay a dividend. Washington Prime Group pays out 138.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
This table compares Washington Prime Group and AmREIT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Washington Prime Group||21.85%||16.17%||3.57%|
Washington Prime Group beats AmREIT on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Washington Prime Group
Washington Prime Group Inc. (WPG Inc.), formerly WP Glimcher Inc., operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s primary business is the ownership, development and management of retail real estate within the United States. The Company owns, develops and manages enclosed retail properties and community centers. As of December 31, 2016, its assets consisted of material interests in 114 shopping centers in the United States, consisting of approximately 63 million square feet of gross leasable area. The Company also owns parcels of land, which can be used for either the development of new shopping centers or the expansion of existing properties. Washington Prime Group, L.P. is the Company’s majority-owned partnership subsidiary that owns, develops and manages, through its affiliates, all of WPG Inc.’s real estate properties and other assets. Its properties include Irving Mall, Lindale Mall, Markland Plaza and Royal Eagle Plaza.
AmREIT, Inc. (AmREIT) is a full service, vertically integrated and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns, operates, acquires and selectively develops and redevelops primarily neighborhood and community shopping centers located in high-traffic, densely populated, affluent areas with high barriers to entry. The Company’s shopping centers are anchored by national and local retailers, including supermarket chains, drug stores and other necessity-based retailers. In June 2013, AmREIT Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Fountain Oaks Shopping Center, a 160,600 square foot Kroger-anchored shopping center in the north Buckhead submarket of Atlanta, Georgia. Effective September 24, 2013, AmREIT Inc, through its AmREIT Realty Investment Corp subsidiary, acquired Woodlake Square Shopping Center, an owner and operator of shopping centers. In August 2014, AmREIT Inc completed the acquisition of Tuxedo Festival Shopping Center.
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